Abuja, Dec. 14, 2017 (TNE) The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has assured that the case of assault on its officials allegedly by the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly and his wife will not be swept under the carpet.
The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the assurance at a strategic session with FRSC Zonal Commanders ahead of the 2017 special patrol operation of the Corps slated for Dec. 20 to Jan. 17.
Oyeyemi, who was responding to reporters’ questions at the forum, assured the public that the matter is in court and will be pursued to a logical conclusion.
“The case is in court, we have taken him to court, both himself and the wife. I assure you the case will not be swept under the carpet.
“My personnel cannot be assaulted like that. They would have been dead by now.
“I am bearing the responsibility of their medicals, because we still have to operate on them. One of the bullets almost got to the spine of one of them. So, the case is going on,” he said.
It will be recalled that on July 15, two FRSC marshals were shot by policemen allegedly on the orders of the Speaker, Mr Chikwendu Kalu, and his wife, Victoria, on the Umuikaa/Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
The marshals were said to have stopped the vehicle conveying the Speaker’s wife who allegedly violated traffic rules.
She reportedly called for help from her husband, who arrived at the scene and allegedly ordered his security details to shoot the officials in the heat of argument.
The Corps Marshal also gave an update on the `Operation Cobra’ launched by the FRSC on July 1 to check five rampant life-threatening traffic offences including use of phone while driving and overloading.
He said at least 6,000 offenders had been arrested, and 2,500 referred to various public health facilities for tests out of which 30 tested negative.
“Over 6,000 offenders have been arrested, and 2,500 taken to the hospitals. Thirty tested positive.
“Some have high sugar level, high blood pressure, cannabis, heroine, drugs. It is called DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol)
“They have commenced their own voluntary rehabilitation because the licences are confiscated until the medical report certifies them fit, and that is the beauty of this.
“Some we referred for drivers’ education, but all paid their fines, no waiver, and this is going straight to the consolidated revenue account of the government. So, it’s a success story,’’ he said.
Oyeyemi said he will launch additional seven patrol vehicles for injection into the Operation Cobra exercise in the FCT next week.
He commended the FRSC marshals for being firm in their operation in spite of harassment and intimidation from some road users.